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Channellock Announces Newly Appointed Executive

Channellock Inc., a plier and hand tool manufacturer, has named Michael Smith as its vice president of manufacturing and engineering, effective March 30, 2015.

Smith was previously the division manager of Associated Spring, a business of Barnes Group Inc., in Corry, Pennsylvania. He has been hired to succeed Jon DeArment, who previously held the position of vice president of manufacturing and engineering until he was appointed as president and chief operating officer of the company in 2014.

“We are excited to welcome Michael to the CHANNELLOCK® team,” Jon DeArment, president and chief operating officer says. “Michael has an impressive background in engineering and manufacturing leadership, and we look forward to his fresh approach to our process. His experience in business and manufacturing will be a great benefit to the continued success of Channellock Inc.”

Smith’s experience also includes being a manufacturing engineer for Owens Corning Fiberglass and as a production and plant manager for Foamex Innovations.

Smith earned his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Youngstown State University, and in 1999 he earned a master’s in business administration from Pennsylvania State University.

“I am looking forward to joining Channellock Inc.,” Smith says. “It is an honor to be part of a legendary company with such a long history of industry-leading quality and innovation and a commitment to American manufacturing. I am excited for this opportunity.”

Smith holds numerous certifications and training certifications that focus on manufacturing, safety and businesses leadership, including a Lean Six Sigma Master Certificate and certification in the Lean Manufacturing Training Series from Penn State.

For more information, visit www.channellock.com.

About Renee Changnon

Renee Changnon is the retail outreach coordinator for NRHA. She meets with retailers in their stores and at industry events and introduces them to the services NRHA provides. Renee previously worked as a member of the NRHA communications team. She earned a degree in visual journalism from Illinois State University, where she served as the features editor for the school newspaper. After college, she implemented marketing and promotions initiatives at Jimmy John’s franchise locations across the country. She enjoys exploring books with her book club, Netflix marathons and hosting goat yoga at her apartment complex. Renee Changnon 317-275-9442 rchangnon@nrha.org

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